The court postponed Tory Lanez’s sentencing for shooting and injuring hip-hop artist Megan Thee Stallion. Judge David Herriford agreed to the defense’s request, and the new date for the sentencing is August 7th. Prosecutors are seeking a 13-year prison sentence, and Lanez also faces the possibility of deportation to his native Canada.
Judge Herriford granted Lanez’s lawyers more time to prepare their sentencing recommendation, which is now due on August 1st. However, the judge denied a motion from Lanez’s defense attorneys for a new trial that was filed on May 9th.
During the brief court hearing, Lanez appeared subdued, keeping his head down and avoiding eye contact. He was dressed in an orange jail outfit and wore a black cap.
In December, Lanez was convicted of three felonies related to the incident: assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a loaded and unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Lanez’s attorneys, representing him under his legal name Daystar Peterson, argued that there was insufficient evidence to convict him and raised concerns about the admissibility of certain evidence presented to the jury.
Lanez had started his music career by releasing mixtapes in 2009 and gradually gained popularity, eventually moving on to major-label albums.
During the trial, Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, testified that Lanez fired a handgun at the back of her feet and demanded that she dance as she walked away from an SUV they had been riding in the Hollywood Hills in the summer of 2020. The altercation escalated when she insulted Lanez’s music.
As a result of the shooting, Megan Thee Stallion required surgery to remove bullet fragments from her feet.
The delayed sentencing prolongs the legal process surrounding the incident, and the upcoming sentencing will determine the consequences Lanez will face for his actions. The case has drawn significant attention and sparked conversations about domestic violence and accountability within the music industry. Both Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion have been prominent figures in hip-hop, and the incident has had a profound impact on their respective careers.
As the new sentencing date approaches, the public and the music industry will continue to follow the case closely, awaiting the final outcome and the potential implications it may have for both Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion.